Greg Brown brings more than 18 years of expertise in seafood procurement, quality and safety to his new role at NSF International

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Public health organization NSF International has appointed Greg Brown to Global Managing Director of Seafood under its Global Food Division. Brown is an accomplished international seafood professional with a reputation for creating effective and sustainable supply chain solutions for aquaculture farms/facilities, retailers, restaurants and distributors.

Following an initial orientation period in the United States, Brown will move to NSF’s Shanghai, China office where he will be stationed permanently, leading a global team of experts that provide product evaluations, laboratory testing, facility audits and certification for seafood companies throughout the supply chain. More than 80 companies and facilities in 13 countries rely on the NSF Seafood team for their technical expertise in Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), Seafood HACCP, regulatory and retail compliance audits, and certification to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked standards. Sampling and sensory analysis for FDA-detained products is also a key service provided by the team.

Brown is responsible for setting NSF seafood quality strategy and working with NSF’s offices and laboratories in key global locations including Seattle, Washington; Dutch Harbor, Alaska; Shanghai, China; Busan, South Korea; Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Lima, Peru. NSF provides local testing for DNA species identification, fishmeal testing, and chemical and microbiological evaluations, and helps seafood companies comply with the upcoming regulatory requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Brown’s three decades of diverse food industry experience include developing Darden Restaurants, Inc.’s seafood quality inspection and testing program in Asia, which serves as the foundation for NSF’s Global Seafood Program.  As Category Director for Seafood for US Foods, Brown initiated DNA testing for seafood species authenticity, achieved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) chain of custody certification for its private label seafood and partnered with the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) for Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) certification of its private label shrimp.  Brown has served as business development consultant to a food safety testing organization and recently spearheaded a national seafood sustainability initiative through strategic sourcing at Caesars Entertainment.

“Greg brings tremendous hands-on experience in every facet of the seafood supply chain, providing NSF customers the expertise they need to achieve continual supply chain improvement, comply with emerging FSMA legislation and overcome new challenges associated with seafood sustainability and quality,” said Tom Chestnut, Senior Vice President of NSF International’s Global Food Division. 

“NSF International leads the seafood industry with comprehensive, science-based approaches to product safety, quality, transparency and sustainability. NSF has an exceptional team and by applying our collective technical food safety and quality expertise we help companies address emerging challenges and regulations such as FSMA,” said Greg Brown, Global Managing Director of Seafood, NSF International.

Brown is fluent in English, French and Spanish and earned a bachelor’s degree in diplomacy and world affairs from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. His credentials also include HACCP Train the Trainer certification, seafood sensory training from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Shrimp School certification from the University of Florida.

For additional information about NSF International’s Seafood programs, contact Jeff Brammer at seafood@nsf.org or 603-726-0150 or visit NSF International’s website.

Editor’s note:  To schedule an interview with an NSF International food safety expert, contact Greta Houlahan at media@nsf.org or 734-913-5723.

About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.

The NSF Global Food Division provides expertise and accredited services across all supply chain sectors, from agriculture, produce, processing, distribution and dairy, to seafood, fish meal, retail and restaurants. Services include Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification (SQF, BRC, IFS, FSSC 22000, GLOBALG.A.P., BAP and CanadaGAP), plus expert auditing, consulting and technical services, HACCP validation and inspection, organic food certification through QAI (Quality Assurance International), and specialty food verification and certification (including Non-GMO Project and gluten-free).  NSF also is the leading certifier of foodservice equipment, nonfood compounds and bottled water/beverages. Many food codes in the U.S. require food equipment used in commercial establishments to be certified to NSF commercial food equipment standards.

Additional NSF International services include dietary supplement and nutritional ingredient certification; training, testing and consulting for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries; consumer product testing; drinking water certification and safety audits; sustainability solutions; and management systems registrations (e.g. ISO 9001, 14001, etc.).